Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
July 21, 2011

The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend

At Saturday's Oyster Roundup 

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Are you interested in a copy of our beautiful new book?  We will be at the Oyster Roundup this Saturday at First Landing, 64th Street entrance, down by the boat ramp with books and other LRNow merchandise.  If you can't make it there this Saturday, we will be at the next Roundup on August 27th also.  Books can be purchased from our office on Pleasure House Road, the Old Coast Guard Station Gift Shop, Lynnhaven Marine and Wild River Outfitters. 
They make excellent gifts!

Lawn Care Tips
From the Landscape Practices Committee   



Turn off your automatic irrigation system timers!  Set irrigation to run only when very dry, then water heavily and turn off until very dry again.


Raise your mowing height.  A 4" mowing height will reduce weeds, disease, and water requirements.



New Boat Pump Out Facility
City Marina 
A new 24 hour, free, self service boat pump out facility is up and running at the City Marina in Long Creek.  The average water depth at the Marina is 9 to 10 feet so all boaters should be able to use this new pump out facility with ease.  We appreciate the work of our City Public Works Department in purchasing and installing this new equipment. 
And thank you to all of our Lynnhaven River boaters for doing the right thing and pumping out your holding tank, using the dye tablets and having a lock on your deck mounted Y valve while you are in the river.  Together we are reducing bacteria in our river and protecting our health and the health of our shell fish. 
  No Discharge Zone Sign

Scoop the Poop Stickers for your Black Trash Can 

Available in our Office


Scoop the Poop Sticker

Community Events


Back Bay Restoration Foundation's 2011 Photo Contest

A picture speaks a thousand words.  Let your camera show your support and appreciation for Back Bay by entering BBRF's first annual Photo Contest!

For more information, visit the BBRF website at 



Two Cleanups this Saturday
West Neck Creek and Pine Tree Branch, Saturday, 9:00 - Noon

You have two opportunities this Saturday, July 23rd, to pitch in at a river cleanup.  One will be a combined cleanup with our friends at the Back Bay Restoration Foundation on West Neck Creek.  The second is a property on the Pine Tree Branch of the Eastern Branch by the Farm Fresh and Water Tower on Virginia Beach Boulevard by Kings Grant Road.  Both cleanups will have a land and a water based component.


The combined cleanup is West Neck Creek Cleanup Day.  We need more kayaks, canoes and boats to clean the shoreline (please call if bringing).  Cleanup boats will be launching from West Neck Creek Marina for free.  Lunch will be provided after at the Stankus' home, 2425 West Landing Road.  Please call Chris Stankus to RSVP or for details, 757-647-5970.


LRNow will also be hosting another cleanup at the Pinetree Branch of the Eastern Branch of the river.  This cleanup will target the land and water area around the water tower, near the Farm Fresh and the old Ames Building on Virginia Beach Boulevard near Kings Grant Road.  LRNow has been looking at this property for a long time and is excited to be able to clean up this new piece of the Lynnhaven.  It is a land and water cleanup.  Anyone interested in the land portion should be prepared for the possibility of poison ivy and insects.  We recommend long sleeves and repellent. Call Gerard Golden, 757-647-3423,  to RSVP or for details  or contact Whit Peace at


It will be a hot day; be sure to bring a water bottle.  For information on Lynnhaven River NOW cleanup efforts, vist:

Summer Teacher Workshops

Summer 2011

Join one of our summer teacher workshops and add something fun to your summer that will benefit you throughout the next school year.  Open to all public and private school teachers.


Project WILD and WILD Aquatic Teacher Workshop

Wednesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 11th

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: FirstLandingStateParkTrailCenter

Cost: Free

To register, email or 757-962-5398


 Project WET Teacher WorkshopProject Wet Workshop

Thursday, August 18th

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: FirstLandingStateParkTrailCenter

Cost: Free

To register, email or 757-962-5398


Wetlands 101

Thursday, August 25th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm and Friday, August 25th, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: FirstLandingStateParkTrailCenter

Cost: $20

To register, email or 757-962-5398


New Teacher Oyster Gardener Workshop

By Oyster Reefkeepers of Virginia

Saturday, October 15th 

Cost: $150

To register, email or 757-460-1200


For more information about our teacher workshops visit our website,   
Oyster Gardening
2011 Dates Set for New Gardener Seminars, Taylor Float Workshops and Roundups 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Lynnhaven River NOW will again be partnering to offer you an opportunity to become an oyster gardener, to turn in your one year old Taylor Floatoysters to be placed on a conservation reef and to build a Taylor Float to house your baby oysters over the next year.
New Gardener Seminars:  
August 9th, 6:00-7:30, at VA Weslyan College
August 30th, 6:00-7:30, at the Great Neck Rescue Squad Building. 
Pre-registration is required and a donation to CBF of $30 is suggested to offset the program costs.  For more informaiton or to register contact CBF at 757-622-1964 or
Taylor Float Workshops:
at the LRNow office, 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108 
August 4th, 6:00-7:30 and
August 25th, 6:00-7:30
The cost for all materials, dock lines and a small mesh bag is $75. 
Pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register contact LRNow at 757-962-5398 or
Oyster Roundups:
Turn in your 1 year old oysters at First Landing State Park, 64th Street Boat Ramp
July 23rd, 9:00-11:00
August 27th, 9:00-11:00. 
Please register with CBF, 757-622-1964 or in advance of the roundup to guarantee that you will be able to receive your new batch of seed oysters.  A $30 donation is suggested per 1,000 seed oysters to offset program costs.

Rain Barrel Workshop

August 8th, 6:30-8:00, Register Today!


A rain barrel is an easy way to reduce stormwater runoff from your property and make the water available for irrigating your garden.

Sign up for our summer workshop to construct your own rain barrel to take home with you that day. 

This workshop is offered by LRNow in partnership with Mike's Rain Barrels.


Rain Barrel

Date: August 8, 2011


Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Location:  LRNow Office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108

Cost: $60 and includes all materials and use of tools


Space is limited.  Dress for outdoors in work clothes for hands-on activities.


Advanced registration, including payment, is required.  For registration information, call 757-962-5398 or email